Academic Criterion for Reclassification

  • TVUSD Criteria for Reclassification

    When English learner students have demonstrated English Language Proficiency (ELP) and academic proficiency at par with English proficient students of the same age, the school site considers them for reclassification as fluently proficient in English (RFEP).

    The reclassification criteria set forth in California Education Code Section 313, and further detailed in Title 5 California Code of Regulations (5 CCR) section 11303, requires using the following four criteria to establish local reclassification policies and procedures:

    1. Assessment of ELP, using an objective assessment instrument, including, but not limited to, the state test of ELPAC; and
    2. Teacher evaluation, including, but not limited to, a review of the student’s curriculum mastery; and
    3. Parent opinion and consultation; and
    4. Comparison of student performance in basic skills against an empirically established range of performance in basic skills based on the performance of English proficient students of the same age.

    The TVUSD reclassification criteria were developed in conjunction with a sub-committee of the  TVUSD district advisory committee on programs and services for English learners (ELs). The criteria are as follows:

    Step 1:  English Proficiency - ELPAC scores

    • 3 or 4 Overall, and
    • 3 or 4 in Oral and Written subtests, and
    • 2 or 3 in each domain (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing)*

    *(NOTE: A student may have a 1 in a domain IF he/she also has an IEP stating that he/she has a cognitive disability congruent with that domain score)

    Step 2: Academic Performance

    • Grades K-2
    • District standards met on assessments listed
    • Grades 3-12
    • Current ELA CAASPP score of 3 or 4


    • Current ELA CAASPP score of 2


    • One of the other indicators of grade level ELA proficiency

    Step 3:  Teacher Recommendation

    • All applicable personnel agree that, based on English proficiency and Academic performance, the student is fluent in English and ready for reclassification. A teacher rubric is provided for teachers who are unsure based on classroom performance.

    Step 4: Parent Consultation and Input

    • Parent receives report of student academic progress and English proficiency, as well as a writing sample and gives input on reclassification either in person or by phone.

    Final signatures and send off:  Site administrator signs completed form and sends to TVUSD District office, ESS department so that student’s status can be changed from EL to RFEP.